Graphic Design (GRD.AAS)

Arts and CommunicationsArts and Communications

Associate in Applied Science

Arts and Communication

Orchard Ridge Campus

This program provides professional and technical training in the creation of both graphic and advertising design, from the initial creative concepts to both traditional and computer-generated executions, as it is applied in the commercial art profession. Emphasis is on developing the skills necessary to execute a well-rounded portfolio. This may contain advertisements or a series of advertisements which constitute an advertising campaign, posters, brochures, TV story boards and animatics rendered in rough and/or comprehensively finished visuals along with demonstration of the student’s computer skills and program literacy.

Graduates may be employed in advertising agencies, design studios, corporate art departments, newspapers, magazines, TV stations, graphics departments and printing businesses. Graduates may also be self-employed as practicing graphic designers.

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Major Requirements
GRD 1100Graphic Design3
GRD 1120Typography in Design3
GRD 1150Applied Design I3
GRD 1200Professional Practices3
GRD 1210Rendering Techniques3
GRD 1300Color3
GRD 1320Digital Typography3
GRD 1450Applied Design II3
GRD 1750Computer Design I4
GRD 1850Digital Illustration I4
GRD 1950Computer Design II4
GRD 2350Graphic Design Strategies3
Required Supportive Courses
ART 15101, 2Basic Drawing 3
PHO 1700Beginning Digital Photography4
Complete one of the following COM courses:3
Interpersonal Communication 3
Fundamentals of Speech 3
Complete one of the following ENG courses:3
Business Communications 3
Composition I 3
Recommended Electives
ACC 1500Accounting for the Small Business Owner3
BUS 1210Starting and Operating a Small Business3
GRD 1401 - GRD 14041-4
GRD 2401 - GRD 24041-4
GRD 2450Portfolio Preparation3
MKT 2010Advertising3
PHO 12202Fundamentals of Photography 3
Total Credit Hours for Program-Related Courses52
General Education Requirements
Communication / English (3-credits)
Fine Arts / Humanities (3-credits)
Mathematics / Science (3-credits)3
Social Science (3-credits)3
Written Communication (3-credits)
Additional elective credits needed to meet requirements for an Associate in Applied Science degree4
Total Credit Hours62

 Or equivalent studio art course.


 Course may be used to meet General Education requirements.

A minimum cumulative 2.00 grade point average (GPA) overall is required for graduation.

Graphic Design Internship

GRD 1401Graphic Design Internship1
GRD 1402Graphic Design Internship2
GRD 1403Graphic Design Internship3
GRD 1404Graphic Design Internship4

Special Computer Projects

GRD 2401Special Computer Projects1
GRD 2402Special Computer Projects2
GRD 2403Special Computer Projects3
GRD 2404Special Computer Projects4